1 Corinthians 12:4-7, 12-13, 27
Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons. But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good… For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit… Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it.

Paul writes much about gifts of the Holy Spirit in this chapter and I recommend you read it well to understand it. The Bible tells us that we are filled with the Holy Spirit when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. The Holy Spirit is at work in us transforming us from inside out to make us like Jesus and empowers us to serve God in many ways. Different believers have different gifts that collectively serve God and Paul weeds out the confusion regarding this gifting because in our paradigm, we think each one should have the same gifts and don’t appreciate the variety that adds up to glorifying God collectively.

Yesterday we reflected on communion which is a symbol of the body and blood of Jesus. In 1 Cor. 10:17, Paul reminds us that ‘Since there is one bread, we who are many are one body; for we all partake of the one bread‘. We are all different in our cultures, colors, languages, etc. but we all are bound in love by Jesus that makes us family. Similarly in our gifting, we are all differently gifted but collectively serve God to glorify Him alone. No one of us is greater or lesser because of our gifting and also Jesus reminds us in Luke 9:48 that whoever is the least among us is the greatest. Let us seek our spiritual gifts from God to use it for His glory and lets work together to build His kingdom.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Comments
  1. blesseddad says:

    Vineet,
    I Watched the movie “The Passion of The Christ” the other day, and Christ referred to the Spirit as “A Helper” in the Hebrew. I can’t find it translated as such, but I really love the association. A helper to you may be an assistant that takes care of the small details in your job that you may focus on the important tasks. A helper may do the same thing for me, but if our professions are different, then the “helper” is a completely different entity for you than for me, yet they help by assisting as needed. My helper also has the ability to steer my agenda like an assistant who tells me where I am needed or expected to be next. God Bless
    Jim

  2. ServantBoy says:

    Jim
    Thank you for sharing your thought on the Holy Spirit. Yes, I have heard of the Holy Spirit being referred to as the ‘Helper’ in the NKJ version when we read John 14:16 whereas the NIV refers to him as Counselor, KJV as Comforter and The Message as Friend. When I referenced it through Strong’s, the Greek word is paraklétos which means called to one’s aid. Therefore advocate and helper are the closest match. John 14:26, 15:26 and 16:7 is where Jesus refers to paraklétos and refers to the Holy Spirit as a person. The Holy Spirit was sent to us to advocate on our behalf with God through prayer (Rom. 8:26), to guide us (Rom. 8:14), to teach us (John 14:26), to remind us of the word (Jn. 14:26), to tell us things to come (Jn. 16:13), to declare to us things of Jesus (Jn. 16:12-15), to abide with us (Jn. 14:16-18), to empower us to be witnesses (Acts 1:8), to bring life and healing to us (Rom. 8:11) and to encourage us (Rom. 8:16). So a multidimensional person who now lives in us and helps us in our faith walk with the Lord! What an awesome blessing and privilege for us as children of God.
    Vineet

  3. Vineet,

    Oh, I totally agree with you. Even in the gift of writing, I am constantly amazed at God…that He has enabled all of us to write for Him and yet, our gift of writing is each so unique and so personal yet part of the whole! God is but amazing. I love diversity…but I love unity in diversity above all.

    Blessings,

    Gladwell

    • ServantBoy says:

      Gladwell,
      Thank you for you comment. One thing I love about following you, Rani, Jim and the rest is the fact that each one has their own unique way of sharing God’s word and it is very satisfying to my soul to view God through all of you daily. There is commonality of purpose with individuality in style and presentation and no single one is better than the other but collectively you all give God the glory. Thank you for that insight.
      Vineet

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